Socceroos World Cup squad: Australia’s 26-man team and possible starting side for Qatar 2022

After a long qualifying campaign that culminated in a penalty kick, the Socceroos will play at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Although the team may have qualified, few players stood out in a squad that emerged through qualification.

Coach Graham Arnold has made it a point to give opportunities to younger players in recent years and the team will be a mix of youth and experience in Qatar.

Unlike previous World Cups, the Socceroos were able to name a 26-man squad for the 2022 tournament in Qatar.

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Australia’s final 26-man World Cup squad

Socceroos coach Graham Arnold confirmed his World Cup squad on Tuesday, November 8.

Arnold was allowed to name an official preliminary list of 35-55 players up to Friday, October 21 with FIFA confirming final squads needed to be presented by no later than 14 November.

The Socceroos won’t play again until the World Cup so squad selection came down to recent club form and performances during the qualifiers.

Teenage feeling Garang Kuol have made the cut with the young striker set to join Newcastle United in January.

Some other notable names in the squad include the former Premier League goalkeeper Matty RyanSunderland defender Bailey Wright and the Celtic midfielder Aaron Mooy.

Among the missing players, Mitch Langerak, Trent Sainsbury, Tom Rogic a Adam Taggart are the biggest surprises.

Here is Australia’s confirmed World Cup squad:

Job Player Club Age Caps
Goalkeeper Matty Ryan FC Copenhagen (DEN) 30 75
Goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne CPD Sydney (AUS) 33 3
Goalkeeper Danny Vukovic Central Coast Mariners (AUS) 37 4
Defender Milos Degenec Columbus Crew (USA) 28 38
Defender Aziz Behich Dundee United (SCO) 31 53
Defender Joel King OB (UNDER) 21 3
Defender Nathaniel Atkinson Hearts (SCO) 23 5
Defender Fran Karacic Brescia (ITA) 26 10
Defender Harry Souttar Stoke City (English) 23 10
Defender Kye Rowles Hearts (SCO) 24 3
Defender Bailey Wright Sunderland (UK) 30 27
Defender Thomas Deng Albirex Niigata (JAP) 25 2
Midfielder Aaron Mooy Celtic (SCO) 32 53
Midfielder Jackson Irvine Saint Pauli (GER) 29 49
Midfielder Ajdin Hrustic Hellas Verona (ITA) 26 20
Midfielder Keanu Bacchus St Mirren (SCO 29 53
Midfielder Cameron Devlin Hearts (SCO) 24 1
Midfielder Riley McGree Middlesbrough (UK) 23 10
Forward Awer Mabil Cadiz (SPA) 27 29
Forward Matthew Leckie City of Melbourne (AUS) 31 72
Forward Martin Boyle Hibernian (SCO) 29 19
Forward Jamie Maclaren City of Melbourne (AUS) 29 26
Forward Jason Cummings Central Coast Mariners (AUS) 27 1
Forward Duke Mitchell Fagiano Okayama (JAP) 31 20
Forward Garang Kuol Central Coast Mariners (AUS) 18 1
Forward Craig Goodwin Adelaide United (AUS) 30 10

Australia | Argentina | Belgium | Brazil | Cameroon
Canada | Costa Rica | Croatia | Denmark | England
France | Germany | Ghana | Iran | Japan | Mexico
Netherlands | Poland | Portugal | Qatar | Senegal
Serbia | Spain | Switzerland | Uruguay | USA | Wales

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Socceroos World Cup injury concerns

  • Martin Boyle (meniscus)
  • Ajdin Hrustic (ankle)

With less than a month to go until the World Cup, Australia are fortunate that injury concerns are few and far between.

Hibernian Attacker Martin Boyle He was forced off the field on October 30 but scans confirmed his injury was not as bad as first feared and he will be fit in time for Qatar.

Midfield star Ajdin Hrustic is currently battling an ankle injury and has missed several games with Hellas Verona but Socceroos coach Graham Arnold is confident he will be fit in time for the World Cup.

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“He feels he will be ready. We have so much time to watch it and see where it is now,” Arnold said on ABC Grandstand on October 30.

Center backs Harry Souttar and Kye Rowles have both overcome injuries in time for the World Cup. Souttar was on the bench for Stoke City on November 6, while Rowles came on as a substitute for Hearts on the same day.

Socceroos stars, strengths and weaknesses

Australia have had a mixed 2022 so far but have done enough to book their place in a fifth consecutive World Cup.

The Socceroos have failed to get out of their group since 2006 and will be hoping this is the year they can progress further.


based in Scotland Aaron Mooy a Martin Boyle are two of the more consistent performers for this current Australian team.

Player Ajdin Hrustic has also shown glimpses of his star potential and currently plays in Serie A with Hellas Verona – his ability to create will be key to fueling the Socceroos attack. However, a recent injury has caused some doubt as to whether he will be able to play in the World Cup.

In his teens Garang Kuol is a rising star who will join Newcastle United in January after starring at club level in Australia.

Garang Kuol Socceroos


Australia have been blessed with some serious midfield talent over the past decade with no shortage of quality in this part of the park.

Defensively, the Socceroos also see a talented group of youngsters step up with Harry Souttar and Kye Rowles looming as real assets at the back for years to come.


Scoring goals.

It can be argued that since Tim Cahill, no player has been able to step up consistently in Australia’s final third. Indeed, the team will go to Qatar with the starting striker spot still up in the air.

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While the Socceroos scored for fun in the early stages of World Cup qualifying, they struggled to break down stronger opposition, failing to score against Japan and Saudi Arabia in 2022.

Socceroos are tipped to start at the 2022 World Cup

Just like the squad, Australia’s starting team for the 2022 World Cup is still an educated guess at this point.

In the Socceroos’ two play-off games, they used a 4-1-4-1 formation but before that they used a 4-3-3 variation with two of their midfielders sitting deeper.

For the World Cup, Arnold may opt for a more defensive formation with group games against France, Denmark and Tunisia set to test their back line.

Possible Socceroos starting side (4-3-3): Ryan – Behich, Souttar, Rowles, Atkinson – Mooy, Irvine, Hrustic – Boyle, Cummings, Mabil.

Can Australia replace players on World Cup roster?

Once the final 26-man roster is official, World Cup participating teams can only make changes before the first match of the tournament, and only in exceptional circumstances.

According to the tournament’s official rules, “a player listed on the final list can only be replaced up to 24 hours before the start of his team’s first match in case of serious injury or illness.”

The team in question would need to submit a medical report to FIFA and if the world governing body decides that “the injury or illness is serious enough to prevent the player from participating in the FIFA World Cup” then the new player.

The new player must come from the preliminary list of players submitted to FIFA in October.


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